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We’ve had this change in the works for awhile, and we’re excited to share it with our community: as of this week, anyone who joins the 1 Hour Demo plan can try out the best of Pop Up Archive without paying a thing.

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A love poem to a 2,000 year old stranger

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Seamus Heaney and the Long Dead: Listen on SoundCloudiTunes, and Stitcher.

“I almost love you,” poet Seamus Heaney writes of a female bog body in the poem Punishment, “but would have cast, I know, the stones of silence….I who…would connive in civilized outrage / yet understand the exact / and tribal, intimate revenge.”
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What tastemakers are listening to: Podcasts hand-picked by people

Find recommendations from people you trust

The challenges of podcast discovery are well-documented. When the iTunes store lists over 250,000 podcasts (and counting!), how are listeners supposed to sift through it all to find their new favorite audio shows?

We’re collecting “Tastemaker” audio as part of our Audiosear.ch project to help listeners find the cream of the crop. It’s a way for you to see what different reputable sources have recommended over time, and what they have to say about those recommendations.

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Some listeners might go crazy for stories about design, while others might care more about technology and economics. Since the newsletter and Twitter sources we aggregate all come from real people with unique personalities, you can browse and find the recommenders that are most aligned with your own interests.

Audio picks from today or last month — with tastemaker commentary

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With all the longform interviews, storytelling, and educational podcasts being recorded these days, there are plenty of podcasts from months ago that still sound just as fresh today. Our new tastemaker page lists recommendations new and old.

We’ve also included short quotes about the picks from each source, so you can see not just what audio is interesting, but why it’s interesting.

Take a look at our new Tastemaker page. Your listening queue will fill up fast!

A collaborative, searchable oral history of New York City

The New York Public Library collects stories from around the city

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We spoke with Brian Foo, a developer for NYPL Labs, whose team is using Pop Up Archive to create an innovative, collaborative, fully searchable oral history project.

As part of its Community Oral History Project, the NYPL first started working with Pop Up Archive on Visible Lives, a collection of stories from New Yorkers living with disabilities. Over 60 community members have recorded 150 interviews and counting at NYPL branch libraries. The NYPL wanted to create an interactive listening experience for all audiences.

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15 rooms, 15 visions of Womanhood

 

Welcome to Womanhouse

The rooms were full of menstrual blood and Kotex, rubber breasts and stumbling brides, fragmented bodies in linen closets and simulacra of babies being born. It was 1972, and this was Womanhouse: a rickety Victorian house turned into a home for radical feminist installations by the students of Judy Chicago’s Feminist Art program at CalArts.

The rooms were full of menstrual blood and Kotex, rubber breasts and stumbling brides, fragmented bodies in linen closets and simulacra of babies being born. It was 1972, and this was Womanhouse: a rickety Victorian house turned into a home for radical feminist installations by the students of Judy Chicago’s Feminist Art program at CalArts.
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A transcription shortcut for the Radio Race

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On Saturday, August 8, our pals at KCRW’s Independent Producer Project are hosting their third annual Radio Race. During the race, producers (newbies and veterans alike) have just 24 hours to write, record, and edit a nonfiction radio story.

Heads up: there’s a special Pop Up Archive bonus! For the second year in a row, we’re partnering with Radio Race to offer you freebies. All participants can redeem a free hour of premium transcription for August, and the Radio Race winner gets a free yearlong subscription to Pop Up Archive’s one-hour plan.

Already signed up? Head over to Pop Up Archive to redeem your free hour of transcription by following this link.

Read on for our Pop Up Archive guide for Radio Race participants:

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Identifying people in audio

At Pop Up Archive, we use several approaches to store and represent information about the people in audio. We’ve written before about machine- and crowd-based techniques for describing audio: computers can collect data on a large scale, and people can refine that data. You can see both of these approaches in action at Pop Up Archive and through our latest project, Audiosear.ch.

People at Pop Up Archive: a user-based approach

The technology behind Pop Up Archive and Audiosear.ch generates high-accuracy machine transcripts keywords. At Pop Up Archive, users can upload their own information about the people in their audio through contributor fields like “interviewer,” “interviewee,” “producer,” and “host.”
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People at Audiosear.ch: an exhaustive A-Z index

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While Pop Up Archive relies on users to identify contributors, Audiosear.ch leverages the information we extract from the audio itself. We’ve identified over 10,000 people in the Audiosear.ch podcast database using solely automated methods.

Understanding people in context with roles

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With so many people in our database, naturally we want to know why they’re being talked about. We use transcripts to parse out people’s roles, so we can see at a glance whether someone is a host, producer, guest, or mentioned in a podcast.

As with any purely computational approach, there are bound to be inaccuracies (such as Jeb Bush being identified as a producer on the Glenn Beck podcast – whoops). We’re continually improving the people index because we’re excited to be building the only resource of this kind for podcasts.

The Freedom Singers kick off Popcast Season Two

The Freedom Singers: Listen on SoundCloud, iTunes, Stitcher, and Pop Up Archive.

It was the early days of the civil rights movement. Across the South, black students staged sit-ins, marches, demonstrations and protests that were violently repressed. In this podcast, two voices from the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) talk about the song “We Shall Overcome” – three simple words that became an anthem of strength and conviction for their movement.
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